Success Stories

At Self-Reliance Services (LDS Jobs), we'll help you become gainfully employed through education and networking with local companies.

Kay's Story: The Confidence to Find a Job

In 2008 Kay’s husband passed away, leaving her with four children: two married daughters, a college-age son, and an adult daughter with special needs.

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At Self-Reliance Services (LDS Jobs), we'll help you become gainfully employed through education and networking with local companies.

Ari's Story: Networking Stepping-Stones

Ari described his networking experiences as crossing a river by way of stepping-stones. When you start out on a path, you go from one stepping-stone to another.

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At Self-Reliance Services (LDS Jobs), we'll help you become gainfully employed through education and networking with local companies.

Erna's Story: She Proved She Was Not Too Old

When others thought Erna was too old to start a career, her bishop, Deseret Industries, and LDS Employment Resource Services thought differently.

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Finding the Right Opportunities

Francisco was raised in a very poor family. His parents were divorced when he was very young and as his mother tried to raise her children alone, the family passed through difficult times.

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Thomas' Story: Two Days of Training, Two Interviews

In 2009, I completed my undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering. As I began my job search, I was invited to several interviews across the country. However, within a week or so of each interview, I received an e-mail or phone call thanking me for my time and telling me my qualifications were impressive, but that ultimately the company was choosing to continue with other applicants.

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We Have Work to Do Here

The first time I experienced unemployment, I left my job because I wanted to move to a new city in search of a new life. While preparing to move, I volunteered in the employment resource center and taught the Career Workshop.

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Frank's Story: Searching for More Time

Jose Francisco “Frank” Reyes just wanted a little more time to be with his family. With a bachelor’s degree in marketing, he figured he would have a stable job with stable hours and be able to support his family well, but he did not have a fixed work schedule.

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Chauntil's Story: The Search for a Shorter Commute

Every day, Chauntil commuted about 100 miles round trip to work. Not only was the long commute tiring, but she felt that she was not able to spend enough time with her husband and son because of it.

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Brent's Story: How His Firefighting Career Took Off

Brent first knew he wanted to be a firefighter in 10th grade when his father took him on a firefighter helicopter trip over the Hawaiian Islands, USA.

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Francisco's Story: Honesty Gave Him More Opportunities

Francisco takes the career workshop once a year. He doesn’t take it because he’s unemployed, but rather because he wants to stay employed. By taking the workshop, he learns how to be a better employee and what skills employers are currently looking for.

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Joaquin's Story: Reaping the Rewards of Diligence

Joaquin always worked hard to provide for his family. His wife dedicated her time to raising their two daughters, and the small family depended solely on the income from Joaquin’s job. He was doing contract work with a private lending company, but when the project he had been working on at his job was finished, he found himself unemployed and without means to provide for his family.

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“The Lord’s Employment Service”

Recently I was unemployed for 11 months. During this time, I diligently tried to network and pursue the most promising job leads. Initially, several people I knew who had been to LDS Employment Resource Services shared with me the résumé suggestions and techniques they had learned.

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Richard's Story: From Stake Welfare Specialist to Job Seeker

When Richard was called to be the stake welfare specialist, he knew he would be helping members of his stake build better futures, but he never imagined the experience would also be such a benefit to his own future. Some time after being called, Richard's employment was terminated, but he was successful in finding a new job through applying the principles he had learned as an employment specialist.

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Mark’s Story: Gaining the Tools to Succeed

When Mark started looking for a job after being unexpectedly laid off, he was frustrated by his lack of success. By working with the Employment Resource Center he was able to gain the tools he needed to communicate his job experience and return to the workforce. 

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Bundy's Story: Unexpected Success

While working as a Church service missionary for the Employment Resource Center in Ogden, Utah, Doug Bundy was encouraged to create his own profile on the ldsjobs.org website so that he could better assist others in their job search. He never expected to find a job for himself.

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Heather's Story: Following Heavenly Father's Plan

When Heather graduated from college in the spring of 2008, she was optimistic about the future. With a degree in professional and technical writing and experience working as a peer editor and an intern for the university’s book publisher, Heather was eager to find a career where she could put her education to good use. 

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Ben's Story: Resolving in the Lord’s Way

The day after Thanksgiving 2008, Ben lost his job.“I found out on Monday of that week that Friday would be my last day,” Ben said. “I had a family of six kids and it was just before Christmas.”

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Yazmin's Story: Learning How to Enter a Changing Job Market

Yazmin took a three year break after graduating from law school to stay home with her newborn. When she began looking for work again, she realized that the market had already changed, and needed to brush up on her job search skills to find meaningful employment. 

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Karl's Story: Angels of Employment

Elder Roth met Karl at the Centerville Utah Employment Resource Center not long after Karl’s contractor superintendent construction job ended. Karl had worked in construction throughout his whole career and had an impressive amount of work experience.

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At Self-Reliance Services (LDS Jobs), we'll help you become gainfully employed through education and networking with local companies.

Cassandra's Story: Making Weak Things Strong

For many people, physical disabilities are an unbreakable barrier standing between them and professional success. For Cassandra, however, being deaf gave her the motivation to succeed in not only a career, but in life. 

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